I am sure that most, if not all, Arsenal fans and the manager as well, would prefer the Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema to either of the players mentioned in the title, and there are rumours that Arsenal may be back in with a chance, but for the purposes of argument, I am going to assume that Benzema is not coming to north London.
Arsenal fans were given a clear reminder the other day just why we were more than happy to be linked with the Porto striker Jackson Martinez last summer and in January. The 27-year old banged in a brace for Colombia as they beat Japan to win their World Cup group, setting up a knockout game with Uruguay tonight.
The absence of Radamel Falcao from the Colombian squad has given Martinez the chance to show what he can do on the world stage and he has grabbed that chance. Another good showing tonight could really have Arsene Wenger thinking, although the Gunners have been linked with almost every striker to ever lace up a pair of coloured boots.
Don’t get too excited Arsenal fans. Even if the reports of the club handing Arsene Wenger a transfer budget of around £100 million are true, and assuming that our thrifty Frenchman is planning to spend as much as her can, it does not mean that we can sign the players we really want.
Players like Ronaldo, Messi and Bale are clearly out of our reach, while we have seen top class strikers like Cavani and Falcao fetch more than £50 million. Maybe Wenger will go for one transfer like this but, with the Gunners needing a right back, central defender, defensive midfielder, winger and striker, that would not leave us too much to bring in quality in the other areas.
It is all go on the striker situation for Arsenal. As well as being linked to almost any player who has put a football into a net, the Gunners have already suffered injuries to two of the front men and had some good news on strikers coming back from injury.
So it is a bit difficult to know just what is going on. The painful blow of finding out that Theo Walcott is out for the rest of the season has been mitigated somewhat by the good news on Nicklas Bendtner’s early return as well as Olivier Giroud having already returned to training.
With Arsenal facing a bit of a striker crisis, especially if fears over the length of time on the sideline faced by Theo Walcott come true, it seems more likely that Arsene Wenger may be forced to sign another striker.
That would be no bad thing according to many Arsenal fans, but it seems that the manager is wary of going into the market halfway through the season. He does not want to disrupt the dressing room, which has been a major strength for the Gunners, and he has said that getting the right player is going to be incredibly difficult.
With the January transfer window just days away, the stories and speculation concerning Arsenal and possible new signings is about to go through the roof. Most Arsenal fans are hoping for a few good signings, although they will probably be happy with just one. As long as that one is a top class striker that is.
So the news from Portugal that the Colombian international striker Jackson Martinez is keen on a move to the Premier League is very encouraging indeed. We have all heard Arsene Wenger talk about how hard it is to get real quality in January, especially when the players in question are playing for a successful club.
According to reports in the English media, the FC Porto striker and reported Arsenal target Jackson Martinez has opened the door on a move away from the Estadio do Dragao, claiming he is looking for a ‘good transfer’ in the near future, with the Portuguese champions also ready to cash in on the prolific front man.
Martinez, who scored a staggering 41 goals since moving to Portugal, has attracted attention from all over the continent with English clubs Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all said to be very keen on the striker. The Colombian international is well aware of the interest and has admitted that an offer from a big club will convince him to move on.
If the media reports about Arsenal and the transfer of the young Brazilian star Bernard were true, the diminutive 20-year old would have been a Gunner already, because they claimed earlier in the week that an agreement was in place and Bernard was due for a medical at the Emirates on Friday.
That does not mean that Arsenal were not one of the clubs interested in the talented attacking midfielder who usually operates on the left wing for Brazil and his current club Atletico Mineiro. Apparently, Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and Shaktar Donetsk are also keeping track of the 20-year old, but the Brazilian club’s mention of a £22 million price tag may have put everyone off.
What will this year’s Emirates Cup bring? by Dave G
General admission tickets to the 2013 Emirates Cup went on sale yesterday, and we can all now look forward to the weekend of August 3rd and 4th, when Porto, Napoli and Galatasaray will visit Arsenal for our pre-season mini-cup. The Emirates Cup has previously hosted such teams as Real Madrid, Milan and Atletico Madrid, but many casual fans might not be aware of the kind of talent that we can expect to see this year. The Cup should allow us the chance to see any new signings (there will be some = have faith) in action, while casting an eye over the talent of the visiting clubs. So do these teams have any players we might be interested in?
The Ultimate Business Model by Alexander
While we’re bombarded with new outrageous transfer targets on a daily basis I wanted to take a break from speculation and have a look at something a bit closer to reality.
It’s pretty much well known that Arsene Wenger likes to spend low and develop players – this has been his philosophy for many years. Sometimes this policy works wonders, producing world-class players in the form of Fabregas, van Persie, Nasri, Henry, Overmars, Petit, Vieira, etc. However there are many more instances when this doesn’t work. You only have to look at the number of ineffective players sitting on the squad list to realize this.
The Emirates cup will be back at Arsenal this summer after missing last year because of the London Olympics. It will be played at the start of August and, along with Arsenal, will feature Napoli from Serie A, FC Porto of the Primeira Liga in Portugal and Galatasaray from the Super Liga in Turkey.
These are all good teams and will provide a useful test for the Gunners. It should be a great couple of days for the fans and will help to get the players match fit for the coming season. It is a season which the Gunners are under severe pressure to mark with a trophy.
Arsenal’s next striker? Post by Rory Capel
Oliver Giroud is a good player, but he is not the world class striker Arsenal need, he misses a large amount of chances, he has one of the worst goal conversion rates for a striker in the premier league, and what really irritates me in particular is how he whines if he loses the ball or misses a shot, rather than just getting on with the game.